Jesse Marsch is out as RB Leipzig coach

Early on Sunday, RB Leipzig confirmed that Jesse Marsch was removed as head coach after only five months on the job.

The 48-year-old American spent the 2018-19 season as an assistant coach at RB Leipzig before taking charge of Red Bull Salzburg, where he won two league titles and two cup titles in two seasons in Austria.

He returned to Leipzig this summer following the departure of young head coach Julian Nagelsmann for Bayern Munich. Leipzig reached the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League in 2020 and finished second in the Bundesliga in 2021.

Under Marsch, Leipzig was eliminated from the Champions League after four games in the group stage and dropped to 11th place in the Bundesliga after a 2-1 loss to Union Berlin on Friday night, its third straight defeat. He was not at the game after contracting Covid 19. After the match, Oliver Mintzlaff, the head of soccer at Red Bull, described the result as "catastrophic."

Mintzlaff said on Sunday the decision to fire Marsch was not an easy one. Marsch coached the Montreal Impact for one season in MLS but drew interest from Red Bull after his success with the New York Red Bulls, who won the Supporters' Shield in 2015 and again in 2018 after he left.

“It is a shame that things did not work out," said Mintzlaff, "as we had hoped with this setup, and that this step has now become necessary. Unfortunately, the development we were hoping for and the results needed to achieve our goals for the season have not been achieved."

The players whom Marsch had at Leipzig included U.S. national team midfielder Tyler Adams, whom he developed at the Red Bulls. Adams went the distance at Union Berlin but has been in and out of the starting lineup in recent months after starting the season as an automatic choice.

7 comments about "Jesse Marsch is out as RB Leipzig coach".
  1. R2 Dad, December 5, 2021 at 12:41 p.m.

    I guess the bad juju following their Champions League collapse spread in the dressing room? They hadn't looked too bad until mid-November. But much of this is down to management, and a new coach isn't going to do too much more with the roster and injuries they are carrying. Which top club loses both starting centerbacks in one window? The new signings Silva, Moriba, Gvardiol, and Simakan haven't contributed much and would certainly not be signed by Bayern or Dortmund, their main challengers. Once again, Bayern wins the league mostly by weakening their opponents.


  2. Santiago 1314, December 6, 2021 at 12:58 p.m.

    "Peter Principle"*** We all Rise to the Level of our INCOMPETENCE.!!!
    Smart Move by Marsch.... Jump before you are Pushed... 
    Sorry, but I have NEVER gotten the "Marsch" Coaching "Methodology"...
    He always seemed to know the Right time to "Move On"
    And then he became a "System" Coach for Red Bull...
    Hopefully he can come back to MLS and we Can see if he is For "Real" or Not.???
    Or Might he be the BEST Fit for the u20/Olympic Team.???
    as Bum Phillips said: "There are only TWO kinds of Coaches"
    "Them that have BEEN FIRED and Them that are GOING to be FIRED.!!!"
    Nothing Personal, Nothing Earth Shaking... Just Business... 
    Find your own way Now and your Own Style... Should be Interesting
    Happy Landings Jesse.!!!

  3. frank schoon replied, December 6, 2021 at 3:58 p.m.

    Santi, I thougt you like Turbo coaches..LOL..

  4. Santiago 1314 replied, December 6, 2021 at 10:43 p.m.

    Frank, that is my Point...I'm not sure he IS or WAS Turbo, I think he was a "Myth" built on a Desire to have a "New Generation" of "American Coaches"... Bypassing the 1st "Golden Generation" of American Players that came up Starting as the 1988 US Olympic Team ....Harkes, Ramos, Perez, Vermes, ...etc...etc...Should have been Given the National Team after Bob Bradley, instead of Klinsmann... The Program would not have Sunk to the Lows it Did... I'm still not sure it will recover in time for this World Cup Qualification Round... Playing 2 Home games on ICE could be Our Undoing.!?!?!?

  5. frank schoon replied, December 7, 2021 at 9:41 p.m.

    Santi, having watched Red Bull's play when Jessi was coached told me enough about him as a coach his lack of creativity as a player adds to that....He certainly will not be an addition to the US soccer development if he comes back as a coach in the MLS

  6. Craig Cummings, December 6, 2021 at 7:49 p.m.

    LAFC has an opening for  coach Marsch. Come back over the pond.

  7. David Ruder, December 7, 2021 at 10:29 a.m.

    If the coaching spot is still available at  Chicago Fire, this would be a good fit for him, he played there for a number of years and was a fan favorite, for his aggressive energetic playing ability at defense mid but also for his enthusiasm and was the so-called (a hockey term) enforcer for the team. He never missed a confrontation with the opposing team on the field. 

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